A 14-year-old Muslim teen of Balkan descent has been suspended from De Spindle high school in the eastern Netherlands city of Hengelo uploaded a video in which he threatened Jewish women.
“Hi, I am from ISIS and I would like to cut off the heads of Jews,” “Ilhan M.” is seen saying, according to a report published Saturday in the De Telegraaf daily newspaper, quoted by JTA. He followed up that announcement with a string of profanities about Jewish women.
“Ilhan” was suspended after police discovered via a faculty report that he owned a prop gun. “The big question now is, how seriously should we take him?” said a ‘terrified’ student quoted by the newspaper. “What if he really means it? He will not be the first extremist Muslim youth in the Netherlands in the grip of ISIS….” said another.
While police played down the incident, calling it a “misguided action,” they nevertheless did not dismiss it despite anxiety by the students that their fears were being taken lightly.
Security officials in the Netherlands are becoming concerned about the number of Dutch citizens who have traveled abroad to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Approximately 100 such people were fighting in Syria as of this summer, according to an estimate by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service, AIVD.
Concerns are growing about the battle-ready jihadists who may then return and carry out other, similar attacks on local citizens, including Jewish targets.
Similar issues are being raised in other European countries across the continent, as well as in other nations around the globe – including Australia and Canada. Both recently enacted legislation to prevent the return of those who decide to leave their countries in order to fight with the jihadist terror organization.Hana Levi Julian